Currently researching Catherine KILBANE (b. 1819-1821 in Achill Parish, County Mayo, Ireland to Bernard KILBANE and Margaret MC HUGH) and her husband, Michael MC LAUGHLIN/MC LOUGHLIN (b. 1828 in County Mayo, Ireland? possibly to Michael MC LAUGHLIN/MC LOUGHLIN or Patrick MC LAUGHLIN/MC LOUGHLIN). Catherine and Michael were probably married in County Mayo between 1855-1860. They immigrated to the U. S. between 1855-1860 and probably passed through Kenosha Co., WI on their way to Dellona Twp., Sauk Co., WI where they settled on a farm. They had three children: Patrick Joseph (b. 1858-1862 in Bristol, WI), Michael (b. 1860-1864 in WI) and Margaret (b. 1860-1865 in WI). I don't know if all three children were born in Bristol nor do I know how long the family stayed there. Perhaps they stayed with friends or relatives before heading on to Sauk Co., WI. (Other related surnames include CORRIGAN, MC GINTY, GALLAGHER, MC HUGH, HICKEY). Catherine had 3 brothers and 1 sister who settled in Wonewoc Twp., Juneau Co., WI. I've already requested birth records for the children from Kenosha County, but none are available. I'd like to know if there would be any early Catholic church records which might contain their baptism records. Does anyone have knowledge of the early history of Bristol, WI? I'm at a bit of a standstill with this family at this point in time. Any info. would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!
Yes, there are parish records available to you. Contact your nearest Morman church and ask for the address of their nearest research library. The Mormons or Ladder Day Saints called their libraries "Family History Centers". But, I was told that they are going to rename them again. Anyway, they have Parish records for Kenosha County and I know they have records for parishes in Bristol, Wisconsin as well on Micro-film. I believe they are on line now, so find their site and go to their Library Catolog --put in Kenosha, Wisconsin and then put in Parishes and you should see a list of films available with the names of parishes. Or just visit a Mormon library in your area and order the films. T his will cost about $3.75 per film.
Kenosha County is noted for having scant birth, death, and marriage records for the early years. The court house in the early years was dis-orderly to say the least. When my cousin, John Cockcroft Slater became head Judge around 1887, he reported that the cases were in the rears by almost 2 or 3 years. It was also reported that on Saturdays, people would sell chickens out of the court house and drunkeness was not un-heard of.
Good Luck, Sue